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So what if we’re doomed?
So what if we’re doomed?
Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: A guide to facing the ecocide.
The teenage whaler’s tale
The teenage whaler’s tale
Internet death threats hound a young Alaskan after a successful hunt.
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
A recently discovered species of crossbill already faces extinction.
Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50
Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50
The concept may need some rethinking, but it's still an important way to preserve some of our most treasured land.
Motorheads gone wild
Motorheads gone wild
An off-roading conservationist navigates some gnarly landscape on the road to more protection for the Utah desert.
River of no return
River of no return
Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?
Border out of control
Border out of control
National security runs roughshod over the Arizona wild.
Excerpt from “The Ogallala Road”
Excerpt from “The Ogallala Road”
An author returns to a family farm in Kansas to explore drought and depletion.
The great gun-rights divide
The great gun-rights divide
A liberal gun owner finds 'gun nuts' on both sides of the debate.
Parks for all?
Parks for all?
The National Park Service struggles to connect with a changing America.
Two-wheel revolution in Gallup
Two-wheel revolution in Gallup
Can a bunch of trails and bikes transform this down-and-out New Mexico town?
Mind over mountain
Mind over mountain
A partly paralyzed athlete pushes his limits, as adaptive recreation booms in the West.
Go West, clean megawatts
Go West, clean megawatts
Nevada stakes its renewable energy future on California.
Navajo Nation bets on coal
Navajo Nation bets on coal
A tribe digs into a dying industry.
California's energy policies have ripple effects across the West
California's energy policies have ripple effects across the West
As the Golden State shifts from coal to clean, economies in other states feel it too.
Fallon, Nevada’s deadly legacy
Fallon, Nevada’s deadly legacy
In a small town once plagued by childhood cancer, some families still search for answers.
Ranchers, enviros and officials seek a middle path on public-land grazing
Ranchers, enviros and officials seek a middle path on public-land grazing
Moving beyond stalemate to meaningful reform in Utah.
Can a grazing buyout program ease life for wolves and ranchers?
Can a grazing buyout program ease life for wolves and ranchers?
A fledgling effort in New Mexico's 'Yellowstone of the South.'
The Hanford Whistleblowers
The Hanford Whistleblowers
For decades, insiders have reported problems in the cleanup of our worst nuclear mess — but is anyone listening?
The Vegas Paradox
The Vegas Paradox
In Sin City, excess and efficiency walk hand-in-hand.
Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution?
Is basic solar technology the key to an energy revolution?
Plain old photovoltaic panels and innovations in energy storage and distributed generation could remake our electricity system.
Eucalyptus: Beauty or Beast?
Eucalyptus: Beauty or Beast?
Restoration pits these exotics against California natives. But for some, they’re a natural.
The Tree Coroners
The Tree Coroners
To save the West’s forests, scientists must first learn how trees die.